Tang Hall

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Coordinates: 53°57′43″N 1°03′10″W / 53.96203°N 1.05278°W / 53.96203; -1.05278

Tang Hall
An aerial view of Tang Hall.jpg
An aerial view of Tang Hall, York
Tang Hall is located in North Yorkshire
Tang Hall
Tang Hall
 Tang Hall shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE622521
Unitary authority City of York
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO10, YO31
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament York Central
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Tang Hall is a suburban district of the city of York in North Yorkshire, England. The name is derived from the Anglo Saxon Tang, which means the meeting place of two becks (Osbaldwick and Tang Hall becks join in the nearby St Nicholas Fields Local Nature Reserve, but this portion of the water courses is now culverted), and a Hall that stood on Fourth Avenue until the 1970s. The Hall was latterly used as the Tang Hall pub until it was demolished and replaced by a purpose-built pub which in turn was demolished in 2007.

Overview[edit]

Tang Hall lies in the east of the city and is approximately bordered by Heworth to the north, Hull Road to the south, Melrosegate to the west and Osbaldwick to the east. The area consists mainly of houses dating from the 1930s, most of which are council houses or ex-council houses. The area is popular for student housing because the University of York is nearby. Tang Hall is supplied by a local convenience store, various takeaways, a bakers, and a pharmacy. Tang Hall Community Centre, Tang Hall Surgery, Tang Hall Library and Tang Hall Primary School, established in the 1920s as Tang Hall School and the Avenue School, also serve the local community.

The area has three churches: St Hilda's Church, St George's Methodist Church and St. Aelred's Roman Catholic Church. The current St Hilda's Church was built recently to replace the older, larger St Hilda's Church which was on the same site. Whilst it stood for many years, it remained unfinished until its demolition. St Aelred's Roman Catholic Church has a number of statues by Professor Julius Maugsch, a Hungarian sculptor from Budapest who settled in Penyghent Avenue after leaving Hungary in the 1960s. St Aelreds school, a Roman Catholic Primary school, occupied the site next to the church but has since been demolished. St Margaret Clitherow secondary modern school for girls was at the junction of Penyghent Avenue and Fifth Avenue, but is now also demolished. A new St Aelreds school was built on the site of St Margeret Clitherow's in the 19XXs and still stands today, attaining good league table scores every year.

Although Heworth Village and some of the streets around it retain a village feel, development since the late 19th century has linked Heworth to the city, and it is effectively one of the ring of suburbs surrounding York. The area ranges from streets of terraced houses near the city towards Layerthorpe via large Victorian 'Villas' on East Parade and Heworth Green to older houses along Heworth Village and 1930s semi-detached houses on Stockton Lane. Much modern suburban development has taken place, particularly in the outlying area of Heworth Without.

In the latter half of the 20th century some problems with crime led to a slight decline in Tang Hall's reputation. This area has since recovered, in part due to investment in the nearby St Nicholas Fields nature reserve, which raised local pride, replacing a landfill site.

The portion of Monk Stray nearest Heworth is a popular open space, whilst Heworth Holme is an area of grassland adjacent to part of Tang Hall Beck. The area boasts one of the city's largest parks (Hull Road Park) which follows the course of Osbaldwick Beck mainly between Tang Hall Lane and Melrosegate. St Nicholas Fields Local Nature Reserve is home to York's Environment Centre and offers its own composting and door to door recycling collection service.[1]

The area is served by two Secondary Schools, Burnholme Community College, which attained the highest added value rating of any York School in its Ofsted report of 2009, and Archbishop Holgate's School, located in the Badger Hill area beyond Hull Road. Due to declining enrolment, Burnholme Community College has been scheduled for closure in 2014.[2]

On York City Council, Tang Hall is mostly covered by the Hull Road and Heworth wards. The current councillors are Barbara Boyce (Labour Party), Christina Funnell (Labour) and Ruth Potter (Labour) for Heworth Ward; and Neil Barnes (Labour) and Fiona Fitzpatrick (Labour) for Hull Road Ward.

References[edit]

  1. ^ St Nicholas Fields website
  2. ^ "Burnholme Community College, York will close in 2014". BBC News. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.